I would like to thank everyone on the forum- for just being there.
I haven't posted for a while but dip in most days and heed advice.
Take Care everyone.
Thank you everyone at BCN, but thank you especially to Jaybro and Shi for your very kind words.
I in turn would like to mention Jaybro for all her support and wise advice, to me and to so many others on here. She always takes time to read the question or issue carefully, and responds with great thought and compassion. When I have struggled, or needed advice, she has gently held my hand and helped me to see the way forward. I am so glad that she didn’t leave the forum.
I would also like to mention all the ladies I met in the monthly chemo group when I first joined the forum. I had never before been on a forum, but the support was incredible and really helped me get through those difficult months.
Shi has summed up BCN perfectly in the last couple of sentences in her message on here. I too would like to add my thanks.
Oh my, where to start. The Forum became an additional form of medication for my mental and emotional health. More a lurker than a poster. Did post relevant to my dx, pregnant with cancer, but the forum, as a whole, was such a source of information and support. A place where friendships blossomed, stories were shared, strong views held and debated, the heartbreak of loss ever present. Though it wasn’t easy at the time, I look back at my time on the forum with fondness and am so grateful to everyone involved. A place where I can dip in and out, even after all this time. I think I made it through several format changes too. Now they were a source of controversy I seem to remember 😉 So, to BCN (BCC back then) to those who knew of me, the BCN community (past and present) and of course, to absent friends, thank you 😘
I’d like to make two nominations, though really I could go well into double figures:
1. The nurses’ telephone service. I rang in early December 2020 after getting nowhere with my GP and I can’t remember the name of the nurse I spoke to but she listened, considered and then gave me advice that literally has saved my life. I would have ignored my problem further but I ended up seeing an oncologist in person the next day. It eventually led to a diagnosis of secondary (TN) breast cancer. It’s not a happy ending as such but I am so grateful for that advice.
2. Evie-S, community champion. She has supported me throughout my time on the site, recognised my contributions but also read between the lines and has made sure I know she’s there for me, with sound advice, sympathy and advice where required but, above all, respect. Respect for my privacy, respect for me as a person, respect for me as a woman with SBC. It has been sooooo appreciated. I was going to leave the site and focus on my treatment but she made me realise I can still make a contribution - my experience hasn’t changed.
Thank you Jill1998 ❤️ Id like to recognise Jill1998 for her kindness, help, wisdom and always being a Community Champion I turn to for advice, help and guidance ❤️ As she is always like this for everyone ❤️Mai7 for taking me under her wing and always being there for everyone ❤️ Evie-S for all her kindness and guidance to new and existing forum users ❤️ And everyone really we all 👭and reach out and try and help ❤️ It could be one word of kindness that can mean so much from anyone on here at any point so a big thank you to Everyone who is Breast Cancer Now ❤️ Together 👭 we can and will make a difference ❤️ 💕💕✨✨Shi xx
I’d like to recognise Community Champion Shi for her constant positivity - sending regular hugs , hearts and dancing emojis to cheer people up particularly to those starting the very scary chemo journey. X
World Kindness Day is coming up next month (13 November), and we’d like to use the opportunity to celebrate the kindness that those within the breast cancer community show to one another.
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